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Defence invests in jet aircraft for training.



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

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Monday 15 March 2004 52/2004

DEFENCE INVESTS IN JET AIRCRAFT FOR TRAINING

The Australian Defence Force will invest $45.5 million over the next five years in jet aircraft services to support combat training of personnel, Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today.

Sydney-based Pel-Air Aviation Pty Ltd has won the contract and will continue to operate from facilities at the Royal Australian Navy Air Station at Nowra, New South Wales, when the new arrangements start on 1 July.

“The contractor’s aircraft are required to operate over the sea and the land, in all conditions and often at very low levels,” Senator Hill said.

“The aircraft are then used to enable ADF personnel to train for combat.

“Services provided include aerial target-towing, fighter controller training, maritime strike and adversary flying for RAAF fighter pilot training as well as support for Navy and Air Force work-ups and exercises.”

Senator Hill said the contract was a significant investment in ADF combat training and weapon systems development programs.

“Pel-Air has provided excellent services during the life of the current contract over the past eight years and we look forward to continuing this association in the future,” Senator Hill said.

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